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Design, Technology and Engineering Stage 1
Subject outline

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For teaching in 2024. Accredited in November 2018 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2020. 

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Design development and planning

Another component of the design and realisation process is design development and planning in response to an established brief. This involves innovation, invention, iteration, and creativity in order to develop a solution for a problem or opportunity. Students document their design ideas and make plans to use the available resources such as time, materials, and technologies to realise the solution. They test, adapt, and validate the design prior to realisation.

Possible design development and planning strategies or techniques may include:

  • using critical and creative thinking to devise a solution 
  • using ideation strategies such as adapting, modifying, substituting, or rearranging to improve the solution
  • creating a design brief that shows specific aspects of the design development and planning
  • creating working drawings, concept sketches, prototypes, story boards, flow charts, simulation, or 3D modelling
  • working collaboratively, either face-to-face or online, with peers, industry, tertiary education, or communities to develop imaginative, innovative, and enterprising outcomes
  • applying interdisciplinary concepts (e.g. artistic, scientific, mathematical, and engineering concepts) appropriate to the planning and designing of the product or system
  • preparing timelines and procedures using visual organisers such as Gantt charts and tables that show sequencing
  • testing possible materials and processes through experimentation, trial and error, or applying secondary research, and recording the results (e.g. photo essay, video, result tables, annotated images)
  • collecting qualitative and quantitative data using scientific methodologies
  • adapting the design development in response to results of testing and research
  • justifying design solutions based on investigations and research analysis
  • creating a table, chart, or diagram to define product specifications (e.g. measurement, materials to be used, processes required)
  • applying the scientific method to the design and construction processes of the solution (e.g. testing material characteristics or suitability)
  • using relevant digital technologies to communicate design intent.